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Respiratory Care

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Help people breathe easier. Learn to use life-saving equipment and care for patients with lung or heart problems, while entering a field that's full of opportunity.

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What Do Respiratory Therapists Do?

The Respiratory Care program prepares the graduate to take an active role in the maintenance and/or restoration of cardiopulmonary homeostasis. The curriculum includes intensive course work in the supporting sciences and general education areas. Classroom instruction is supplemented with learning experiences in the campus laboratory and in area clinical affiliates. Students enrolled in the Respiratory Care program are required to achieve a minimum grade of "C" in each Respiratory Care course.

Although hospitals employ the majority of respiratory therapists, other employers include home care providers, medical clinics, nursing homes, and industry. Graduates are qualified to take the National Board for Respiratory Care examination in order to receive the Certified Respiratory Therapist (C.R.T.) credential. Graduates who successfully completed the CRT examination may additionally write the advanced practice examinations and receive the Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT) credential.

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Consider Respiratory Care at BCTC!

BCTC's Respiratory Care program prepares you for a meaningful career in healthcare.

Demand is increasing in Kentucky for respiratory care practitioners. These are the health professionals responsible for providing treatment, evaluation, monitoring and management of patients with breathing disorders or cardiovascular problems.

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The Respiratory Care program at BCTC prepares students with a thorough curriculum including lecture classes, laboratory work, and clinicals.

Program graduates have a 95% job placement rate and can start out earning around $20/hour.

Transfer agreements are in place with the University of Kentucky, Northern Kentucky University, Eastern Kentucky University, and the University of Cincinnati which make it easy for BCTC graduates to go on to complete a bachelor's degree.

"I have hired and worked with many respiratory therapists who have graduated from BCTC, and what has impressed me is their skill sets, critical thinking skills and the devotion and compassion they bring to the bedside."

Thomas W. Grant Jr., BA, RRT
Manager of Pulmonary Services at St. Joseph East

Contact Jim Matchuny, Respiratory Care
Program Coordinator at: / (859) 246-6246

What are my degrees, diploma, and certificate options?

A program plan describes the degree requirements (courses) and the sequence for completing the courses. Students are required to schedule an appointment with their assigned academic advisor to ensure achievement of their academic goals.

  • Electrocardiographic and Cardiac Monitoring Technician (PDF) (Word)
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Jim Matchuny

Program Coordinator